– The Economist – An interesting scenario of nuclear conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.
– BBC – North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea.
– CIMSEC – There are few detailed analyses of whether the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) – the maritime force of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – could employ asymmetric warfare to counter the technological superiority of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and its US allies.
– Reuters – Footage of a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test released by Pyongyang two days after it announced it had conducted the country’s fourth nuclear test last week was faked, according to an analysis by a California-based think tank.
– Washington Free Beacon – North Korea’s military carried out a successful ejection test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile recently, an indication that an earlier test failure has not derailed the underwater missile program.
– Foxtrot Alpha – After what was seemingly a three week march toward war between North and South Korea, which ended in an agreement followed by handshakes, smiles and supposedly a draw-down in both sides war-time footing, one question still remains — where is the majority of North Korea’s submarine fleet?
– Korea Times – Fifty North Korean submarines have left their bases since Saturday, hours before high-level inter-Korea talks took place at the truce village of Panmunjeom the same day.
– BBC – North Korea says it has successfully tested a submarine-launched missile, which if confirmed would be a significant boost in its arsenal.
– USNI News – Recent reports that North Korea is developing submarines based on obsolete Golf-II class Soviet-era submarines has gained worldwide attention. However obsolete, it is reported that North Korea had invested its time in “examining and replicating” the missile-launch system of the Soviet-era subs. Hence, these submarines would be able to fire ballistic missiles. In fact, reports confirm that Pyongyang already is developing a vertical-launch system for submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). Raising further concerns about that is the fact that North Korean ballistic missiles could be armed with nuclear warheads.
– The Diplomat – While North Korean submarines may be technologically dated, its access denial strategy can still be effective.
– AP – Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation’s navy has constructed in a quarter-century.
North Korea has announced it will scrap an agreement aimed at preventing accidental naval clashes with South Korea, amid rising tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
A North Korean submarine’s torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship on 26 March causing the deaths of 46 sailors, an international report has found.
Economist – Their number is up
Evidence that North Korea torpedoed the Cheonan puts it—and China—on the spot.
Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that this week’s tests were a local propaganda success gone globally awry, and a foreign-policy expert has bad news for us: The totalitarian, war-crime-worthy Pyongyang government and its cult of personality aren’t going away anytime soon — unless, of course, Obama calls Kim Jong-Il’s bluff.
Washington Post – North Korea Threatens Attack on South
North Korea vowed Wednesday to attack South Korea if its ships are searched as part a U.S.-led effort to interdict vessels carrying missiles or weapons of mass destruction. It also declared that the truce that ended the Korean War was no longer valid.
CNN – North Korea has accused the South’s navy of staging a serious provocation that could lead to a maritime conflict.
BBC – North Korea is in the process of developing a new missile system for ships or submarines, according to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.